DJI Mini 2: Best Drone for Paid Work? Rules on Selling Your Pictures & Commercial Use – 2021

#commercialdronerules #2021
0:00 Intro
0:50 USA definitions
1:43 UK definitions
3:38 Rules
4:00 A2CofC
6:03 Wind Turbines & Combines

What are the rules for paid or commercial drone work in the UK or USA? Can you sell your drone pictures and video on Picfair or Shutterstock? When do you need to fly under Part 107 rules in the USA? Can you upload drone footage to a monetized YouTube channel? When do you need Commercial Insurance? When is a flight deemed commercial rather than recreational? Do you need the A2 CofC or the GVC to fly commercially? Too many questions! But all get answered under the new rules for 2021.
Go out and get paid; the World is your Oyster…. 🙂

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  1. whitesnake329 on April 15, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Just bought the mini 2 ! phew ! A drone-aholic friend of mine, put me onto your videos and I am very impressed. (depressed from covid!). A daft question, as you are the oracle on drones, IF i go to Thailand at the end of year (covid permitting of course) are there any specific rules if I took my drone as hand luggage on the plane? and are there any restrictions in other countries? P.S. With reference to your other videos I have taken the batteries out the charger & my mini 2, imagine it catching fire on a plane ! Claiming on the dji ‘care insurance’ would be fun ! That’s a good point is a mini 2 or any other drone covered on holiday insurance !? Food for thought……..could be worth making a video on the options !

  2. Shortys Pool stream on April 15, 2021 at 1:10 am

    Great information look forward to more mini 2 tips

  3. Sam on April 15, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Thanks for the informative video once again.
    I have a question regarding the Mini 2 battery.
    Am i correct in thinking that if the battery is inside the drone or charging case then they DONT automatically discharge and can thus damage battery?

  4. Paul Houghton on April 15, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Are there any laws regarding individuals interfering with a drone or pilot whilst in flight . Mainly specking about people who are against drone flying and cause trouble making it impossible to continue flying or land safely.

  5. Stephen Gibbons on April 15, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Nice video Ian, thanks. Just to complicate matters, do you know whether I would need commercial insurance if I am flying at the request of a charity. I am not being paid, but they might go on to use the material in any way they wish which might mean they make money, lets say selling prints as an example. Thanks

  6. Travels with Rosie on April 15, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Such helpful coverage as usual.

  7. Queen Live on April 15, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Would the DJI care plan count as a commercial insurance?

  8. Steve 'Kaboobi' Roo on April 15, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Good clear explanation and some superb aerials.

  9. KL 8-0 on April 15, 2021 at 1:26 am

    FYI for anyone planning to visit the Channel Islands with their drones in the near future: The CI operates its own airspace and the regulators have not yet adopted the new European framework. It is in discussion though. The old UK rules effectively still apply for the time being so please be mindful that we are behind the curve!!

  10. FlyBack on April 15, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Great explanation as always. Looks like 🇬🇧 has awesome new rules. They actually sound completely understandable and easy to grasp and remember

  11. Mym8 GGMU on April 15, 2021 at 1:31 am

    Thanks for the clarity Ian 😉

  12. StephanieVDW on April 15, 2021 at 1:32 am

    Ian i was actually curios about the part of posting on YT when u r monetized, thanks for providing that info, in Holland though we still need to register our drone to get a number even if our drone is below 250g as of 2021

  13. RODPIKER DRONES UK on April 15, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Thanks for sharing Ian 👍

  14. Gary Lee on April 15, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Wow, the skills of the guys that work that field, are amazing <3
    looking forward to the mini 2 video 🙂

  15. Lindsay Heyes on April 15, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Thanks Ian, that’s very useful for everyone who finds themselves on the blurred lines.

  16. comedyhunter on April 15, 2021 at 1:37 am

    Thanks for that detailed video. So Im in the UK with my DJI Mini 2 making videos just for fun its OK to monetise it on YouTube? I’ve deliberately avoided monetising my min2 videos just in case.

  17. Coaster Crazy on April 15, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Brilliant information and has cleared up some questions for me !! I have a Mini 2 and use my drone to get footage over amusement parks here in the U.K. and I am constantly told what I can and can’t do from the typical “drone police” that haven’t got a clue

  18. Tommy Cote on April 15, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Would it be possible to include Canada in future videos? I believe Canada rules resemble UK rules.

  19. Aztech Drones on April 15, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Love that track it is a pleasure 👍

  20. Craig Holland on April 15, 2021 at 1:41 am

    Cheers Ian.. great informative video again 👍🏼

  21. stephen davies on April 15, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Thanks for the information 😊 keep up your brilliant video

  22. Dennis on April 15, 2021 at 1:44 am

    Ian I am a surveyor who values construction work carried out. By my choice it includes photos in my report of the work done I don’t get paid as such for the photos but for the valuation. I previously took pics on my phone but recently I have been using my mini 2 again my choice I have not been asked for these pics. Would you think this is commercial use. I am also an employee so it is not actually me who charges for the report

  23. Capturin Pixals on April 15, 2021 at 1:45 am

    So Is it okay to fly in your land with no crowds as a hobby not to making money….?

  24. Lyn Smith on April 15, 2021 at 1:45 am

    Good video Ian

  25. Neil Barnes on April 15, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Very useful thank you, you also made me dig out my Frankie Goes to Hollywood album!

  26. Christopher Johnston on April 15, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Great clear info so I can now fly from my garden any advice on that as I fly a Mavic mini many thanks chris

  27. izoyt on April 15, 2021 at 1:54 am

    Yes, this how open category drone rules in EU should be after December 31, 2020. But sadly, they are not, as different EU member state still managing their drone regulations partially or completely disregarding universal easa rules/directive (in excuse of local geographical zones etc), which should be same within whole eu/easa region.
    For ex. here in Slovenia, you are not obligated to have insurance in open category for drones under 20kg (but it is "recommended" for commercial work), but on the other hand, all drones over 500g are banned in urban (that includes every road or pavement etc) areas, and only max 50m AGL, no night flights and special permission of land owner is required for drones under 500g. No matter if you are A2 certificate holder or not (which i am), so no sense having it here. In Croatia, they actually have some implementation of older legalisation, which bans you fly or better to say take footage in the sky as non commercial user, so they’re basically shot down the hobby for users in open category. Also, as far as I know, countries like Poland etc the actually didn’t implemented easa directive yet, also as i was looking, in Germany for ex. i think it’s actually forbidden to fly over buildings etc in open category etc. There are some speculations, that drone certifications, that you obtain in one EU state, is not truly accepted in other etc, universal EU archive of drone pilot certifications (as this was one of the biggest mantras of that easa representations) is not running yet and probably never be.

    So, all things considered so far, this easa thing looks more as a joke to me and it is still far away from what it should be. An i don’t’ think this is not attentional, there is clearly agenda put "hobby" drones to the ground. As in EU, as in States and the rest of "western" hemisphere. Which i don’t think would happen, if DJI was a company, coming from that regions. Simple as that..

  28. Black country droner on April 15, 2021 at 1:55 am

    Fab end video of turbines and combines mate.. 🙂

  29. aephix73 on April 15, 2021 at 1:55 am

    Thanks for leaving info for us Yankees. Good vid.

  30. Old Fart with a Gopro on April 15, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Hi Ian, will you be doing any more videos on the Air 2? It seems to have got lost with the mini 2 coming out and the release of the Air 2s being released later in April.

  31. James Mountain on April 15, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Great Video! Thanks for the info!

  32. Rogar0 on April 15, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Once again Ian, your slant on Drone flying and the rules is very useful! Thanks matey and from Lake Balaton in Hungary, nagyszerű, és köszönöm szépen! Oh yea & egészségedre! 🦉👍🍷😎

  33. mark ockwell on April 15, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Thanks Ian – I am going to stick with the mini 2, at least for now…..

  34. Виталий Духота on April 15, 2021 at 1:58 am

    Useful and to the point as usual – thank you Ian. Can you do a video about the commercial insurance providers, available in the UK? I tried to find insurance for filming weddings and didn’t find much choice.

  35. Matt Warren on April 15, 2021 at 2:01 am

    Love your work. I’m hoping to find some wind turbines soon to shoot with my mini 1! So it’s just the insurance that’s required bfor All drones including the mini, to fly for reward, just making sure I got the jist of the video correct.

  36. Byron Turner on April 15, 2021 at 2:03 am

    So I own a mini 2, does that mean like I don’t need anything to fly commercial, confused here

  37. Jim Martins on April 15, 2021 at 2:03 am

    Once again Ian, clear and precise information, thank you again.

  38. Geeksvana on April 15, 2021 at 2:04 am

    Excellent video! Thank you Ian! Appreciate the link in the description to my video too! (Also loving the intro/outro music)

  39. Karen Clarke on April 15, 2021 at 2:05 am

    Thanks Ian for another very helpful video, really looking forward to your mavic mini videos that you have coming up. Keep up the great work.

  40. All things Plane on April 15, 2021 at 2:05 am

    Effectively they have made it easier to make money from drone work. However I still think people will ignore the rules anyway and continue using drones for commercial use without licenses

  41. John McKeown on April 15, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Very helpful video. In the past, you were able to shoot promotional footage for your own company without insurance, or at least classifying it as commercial material if I remember rightly (I did the first part of the PfCo)? I have two companies – one video production and one drinks. Am I able to shoot promotional material for both without need for commercial insurance please, especially as it will be registered in my personal name and producing images for both of my one person limited companies? Thanks.

  42. Ian in London on April 15, 2021 at 2:06 am

    So hopefully some useful info for selling yourself and making money. And hands up who remembers this track?
    Cheers everyone!

  43. Rob Follett Photography on April 15, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Great video Ian

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